Clark State professor recognized by national association for making a difference

A Clark State Community College professor was awarded a prestigious AACC distinction.
A Clark State Community College professor was awarded a prestigious AACC distinction.

A Clark State Community College professor has been selected for a prestigious distinction.

Bridget Ingram, professor of Early Childhood Education, was awarded the 2020 Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction Recognition by the American Association of Community Colleges, according to a release from the college.

“It is my passion, love and gift,” said Ingram who holds a doctorate in education. “When I hear ‘every student can succeed,’ it is much more than a slogan, it’s my sincere belief and guides my every thought and action.”

This recognition was established for individuals who make a difference in the classroom.

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“Clark State’s award-winning Early Childhood Education program is due in large part to the leadership of Dr. Bridget Ingram,” said Clark State president Jo Alice Blondin. “She exhibits a true passion for ensuring that her students have the necessary skills and training to work in the field or transfer into an education program.”

Ingram said teaching brings her joy, and that all her students have a story and gift.

“It is my job to create the mirrors and windows that make those things a reality,” she said. “I’ve worked in the field of education for a third of my life, and whether my student is five or fifty, I view him or her through the same empowering lens,” she said.

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Blondin said Ingram is a leader on campus, and is known in the community as an expert on early childhood development and education.

“She has led and championed numerous initiatives that improve the student experience, including the flipped classroom implementation, increased technology in classrooms, comprehensive diversity training and cultural competencies and work-based learning initiatives,” she said. “Without her efforts, our service area would lack workforce to staff our child development centers and classrooms.”

This recognition is in honor of former AACC President and CEO Dale P. Parnell.

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